Lyndsay Faye on Sherlock Holmes: "He's an outsider, a Bohemian, someone who doesn't fit into a neat and clean box for people to categorize."

Book Review of the Week: Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird

Book Review of the Week: Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird   In October 2015, Bonnie MacBird published her first Sherlock Holmes pastiche, Art in the Blood (not to be confused with the similarly named 2008 Holmes novel by Rainer Jaeger). It was an intriguing tale of Holmes’s investigation into missing children and missing art, and […]

25 of the best mystery novels of 2017

The Strand Magazine’s Top 25 Books of 2017

The Strand Magazine’s Top 25 Books of 2017 1. The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry (Crown) 2. Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark) 3. Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith (Forge Books) 4. Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills (Blackstone) 5. Fast Falls the Night by Julia Keller (Minotaur) 6. Burial Hour […]

BOOK REVIEW: You Gotta Be Dirty: The Outlaws Motorcycle Club In & Around Wisconsin

BOOK REVIEW: You Gotta Be Dirty: The Outlaws Motorcycle Club In & Around Wisconsin By Michael Grogan Badger Wordsmith 2016 $14.95   In this true-crime history, Michael Grogan looks at the criminally inclined motorcycle gangs that were active around the southeastern Wisconsin area. Milwaukee is the hometown of Harley-Davidson, and though most motorcyclists are respectable […]

Book Review: The Darkness of Evil

Book Review: The Darkness of Evil

Book Review: The Darkness of Evil Alan Jacobson has spent his twenty-year writing career delving into the deep reaches of the criminal mind, and The Darkness of Evil, his seventh novel featuring FBI profiler Karen Vail, is another fine entry in the canon. Drawing on his many years of work with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis […]

Book Review: The Trophy Child By Paula Daly

Book Review: The Trophy Child By Paula Daly

Book Review: The Trophy Child  By Paula Daly   The Trophy Child By Paula Daly Grove Press 2017 $25.00   The Trophy Child is an exploration as to what makes a dysfunctional family. Is it the combined flaws of each member, or is it just one toxic person who poisons everything? In Paula Daly’s terrific […]

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes By Lyndsay Faye Mysterious Press 2017 $25.00   Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson have inspired generations of writers to continue adding to their adventures long after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set down his pen.  Lyndsay Faye […]

Book Review of the Week: Walk Away by Sam Hawken

Book Review of the Week: Walk Away by Sam Hawken

Book Review of the Week: Walk Away by Sam Hawken WALK AWAY By Sam Hawken New York: Mulholland, 2017. $26.00 Walk Away opens on New Year’s Eve in Miami. Camaro Espinoza (who made her debut in 2015’s The Night Charter), a former combat medic moonlighting as captain and sole crew member of a deep-sea charter […]

Women Writers for a Waning Winter

Women Writers for a Waning Winter As winter days wane into the eventual thaw of spring, here are a few recent offerings from the first ladies of felonious fiction to help you capture the slow burn. First up is Lisa Gardner’s outstanding Right Behind You (Dutton), which revisits FBI profilers Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner, […]

Book Review of the Week: Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook

Book Review of the Week:  Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook By Janice Poon Titan Books 2016 $29.95 I have voiced my admiration for the television series Hannibal in the past (https://strandmag.com/dvd-review-hannibal-season-three/). Not only did the show manage to adapt the well-explored subject matter in a fresh and creative manner that still somehow remained remarkably loyal […]

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead   The Beautiful Dead By Belinda Bauer Atlantic Monthly Press 2016 $25.00   The Beautiful Dead is the story of Eve Singer, a television reporter specializing in crime cases. When a twist of fate makes her the obsession of a serial killer, she becomes a pawn in the killer’s game […]